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Last Updated: Wednesday, 4 July 2007, 07:06 GMT 08:06 UK
Pizarro goals send Peru through

All the latest news from the Copa America in Venezuela.


Claudio Pizarro celebrates his crucial equaliser for Peru
Pizarro (right) struck twice for Peru
Recent Chelsea signing Claudio Pizarro scored both goals - including a late equaliser - as Peru qualified for the last eight of the Copa America.

Bolivia were heading for their first victory in a Copa America fixture since 1997 when Pizarro headed home a free-kick from Juan Carlos Marino with five minutes left.

Up to that point it had been a disappointing second-half performance from Peru, who had Joel Herrera sent-off in the 77th-minute for a second bookable offence, barely 20 minutes after coming on.


Bolivia, who would have qualified had they won, took the lead through Jaime Moreno's lob after 24 minutes.

But Peru equalised nine minutes later when Paolo Guerrero headed a free-kick into the ground and inside the left post.

Bolivia, though, went into the break with the advantage thanks to a strike from Jhasmany Campos.

And it looked as though they would hold on for victory until Pizarro struck to take Peru on to four points and second place in the group.

  • Peru coach Julio Cesar Uribe:
    "I'm not content because it was very difficult for us to achieve our goal of qualifying.

    "As a team we were far from playing at our top level in the first half.

    "This team has to improve. Some players are not playing well enough to make this squad as good as it is capable of being. We are going to keep improving for the future."

  • Bolivia coach Erwin Sanchez:
    "With a little extra luck we could've qualified.

    "But we're going with our heads held high because nobody was able to crush us, nobody steamrolled past us. It was just this one late goal that eliminated us."


    Venezuela and Uruguay both qualified for the last eight of the Copa America after a goalless draw in their final Group A match.

    Hosts Venezuela finished as group winners with five points from three games while Uruguay, who have scored just one goal so far, qualify in third place.

    The top two teams in the three first-round groups qualify for the last eight along with the two best third-placed sides.

    The hosts went into the game on the back of only their second-ever Copa victory, against Peru on Saturday, and almost took the lead after nine minutes.

    Striker Giancarlo Moldanado laid the ball into the path of Juan Arango, but his shot flew narrowly over the crossbar.

    Arango later forced Fabian Carini into action with a free-kick and the Uruguay keeper also saved at Giancarlo Maldonado's feet.

    Uruguay rarely threatened, though Diego Forlan narrowly missed with a 25-yard strike after 52 minutes.

    Venezuela, who went into the game knowing that results elsewhere had already guaranteed them qualification, will play their quarter-final in San Cristobal on Saturday.

    Venezuela have not been beyond the opening round since they first entered the competition in 1967.

  • Venezuela striker Jose Torrealba:
    "We played intelligently, we knew this result was enough for us to finish top of the group."

  • Uruguay coach Oscar Tabarez:
    "We came to Venezuela hoping to be one of the tournament contenders, but the opener 3-0 loss against Peru) hit us hard.

    "Perhaps we didn't achieve what we came looking for, but the important thing is we qualified."

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